Trending topics to support and amplify the impact of your leadership efforts.
In times of stress and uncertainty, people look to their leaders and to those around them for signals to reaffirm who they are, how they should act and how they will come together in solidarity and support. Inclusive leadership can “supercharge” the efforts you are already engaging in to offer a more positive experience than what people may be experiencing outside of work.
At EY, we are committed to D&I with strong foundational building blocks, such as the EY Global Executive Diversity & Inclusion Statement. This steadfast commitment is a key enabler as we navigate together through times of global crisis.
What are people thinking about?
In today’s unprecedented environment, we’re seeing emerging trends with widespread impact.
Working remotely can mean a new sense of isolation and challenging team dynamics. Studies show that remote workers can feel isolated and lonely, and this can impact physical and mental well-being, engagement and morale.
Additionally, “insider-outsider” dynamics may increase in a virtual environment. By human nature, we gravitate toward those who are like us. This may be amplified in times of stress and in a virtual environment in which some may already find interactions to be more difficult. This can negatively impact those who are already underrepresented on teams and may expand inequities.
Increased xenophobia is also on people’s minds, even if it’s not openly discussed. Xenophobia has risen globally in the past few years, with further escalations against the backdrop of COVID-19. The impact carries across a broad spectrum of people, including those in targeted groups, their wider communities and those who care about them.